President Lincoln Seeks to Placate Kentucky Governor Thomas Bramlette

May 28, 1864

After meeting with Kentucky Governor Thomas Bramlette, President Lincoln writes Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton: “The Governor of Kentucky is here, and desires to have the following points definitely fixed:

1. That the quotas of troops furnished, and to be furnished by Kentucky, may be adjusted upon the basis as actually reduced by able bodied men of her having gone into the rebel service; and that she be required to furnish no more than her just quotas upon fair adjustment on such basis.

2. That to whatever extent the enlistment, and drafting, one or both, of colored troops may be found necessary within the State, it may be conducted within the law of Congress; and, as far as practicable, free from colateral embarrassments, disorders, and provocations.

I think these requests of the Governor are reasonable; and I shall be obliged, if you will give him a full hearing, and do the best you can to effect these objects

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